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Forum topic by lizardhead posted 02-22-2015 07:40 PM 753 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2015 07:40 PM

I am trying to turn 3 mm diameter for a long stem finial at the base of Christmas ornaments. 3 times I tried 3 times I failed. Anyone who has done this have insight on techniques

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#1 posted 02-22-2015 07:55 PM

Maybe have a support like this to help:

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#2 posted 02-22-2015 08:30 PM

Richard Raffan made a set of pick-up-sticks at least once. I’m guessing he used a very sharp skew and supported the stick on the backside of the cut with his finger. Sounds dangerous but it’s really not. The stick is too thin to cause damage if it breaks and the blade is motionless as is the finger. Skews skate but I doubt they would on a 3mm stick since the stick would break first.

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#3 posted 02-22-2015 09:32 PM

I used to turn those long icicle finials for ornaments with modified 3/8” spindle gouge & ½” skew that could not go on a Christmas tree. Now days make finials smaller in proportion to the ornament. Added a ¼” skew and it helps. Other than practice not much can tell on how to do it. Cannot count how many of my attemps wound up in firewood bag.

There are several videos on You Tube demonstrating how to turn finials, some talk about the tools they use and how to modify existing tools or buy their tools.

Other than string steadies conventional steady rest don’t work for turning small finials. Pretty dangerous if stop and think about it.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 02-23-2015 04:55 AM

Lizardhead, see my project, 156cm Decorated Stick. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32407

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#5 posted 02-23-2015 03:08 PM

Could not find the video was thinking about but this one shows some pretty insane thin turnings. Kind of like Sam’s insane turning!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4JdA9zdUeI

For ornaments never use a steady of any kind but they are always an option.

-- Bill

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#6 posted 02-23-2015 03:42 PM

How about using sand paper?

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#7 posted 02-24-2015 03:23 PM

This may give you an idea-

http://youtu.be/t4JdA9zdUeI

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#8 posted 02-24-2015 03:34 PM

Awesome link lew many thanks!

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#9 posted 02-24-2015 03:43 PM

Thanks guys, I got it. Successful at last.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#10 posted 02-24-2015 05:03 PM

I know these are way above my pay grade, but a fellow has to dream. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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